Teacher Review for Smithsonian: TweenTribune

High Interest NonFiction Reading, But Low Interactivity

Kelly H.
Special education instructor
Lebanon High School
Lebanon, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I would use tweentribune.com as a way to incorporate nonfiction reading comprehension occasionally. It allows students to read articles about topics they may not otherwise learn about regarding what's happening in the world around them.
My Take
I like the articles and the fact that Lexile and grade levels are provided for teachers to assign. I also like the fact that a "classroom" can be created and usernames created for your students. This makes it easy to have students complete certain articles as the articles can be assigned to students so they don't have to search for a specific title. However, the fact that it only allows students to make comments and there is only a daily quiz that has one question, I am looking for a little more substance and interactivity for my students when they are completing assignments, especially independent ones.